We went down to Tacoma for a "Passing the torch" education event put on by Local 23 Young Workers, and Pensioners committees. We then had a chance to sit down with Brian Skiffington, Zack Pattin, and Local 23 president Dean McGrath, and talk about the ILWU's 10 guiding principals....................This episode could really be called "Zack drops Knowledge bombs", but i don't think he would like that.
After a year of asking to come on the show we finally have time for recently retired ILWU Canada president Mark Gordienko. He joins us to talk about his tenure as president and trustee and shares some stories as a rank and file member. Thank you for your lessons, your insight and your 44 years of service to the ILWU, Mark!
Dan and Mike crash the ILWU 502 pensioners banquet but none of the old timers wanted to talk to us...... so we settled for ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, and 1VP Shawn Nolan.
Mike heads all the way to Stewart B.C. to talk with ILWU Local 519 workers about the lies they were told, and false promises made. The community was promised family supporting jobs that would stay in their small community. Thats not what happened.....
Finally, Troy Cook and Alex Hanson from the USW, Steel Megaphone Podcast join us. We sit down and talk about how we are using podcasting as a tool for labour to communicate and touch on some international labour issues.
ILWU Canada Young Worker Committee member Stephanie Dobler takes the helm and sits down with ILWU 2nd VP Steve Nasty, Brian Skiffington of ILWU 23 in Tacoma, and Danielle Burgess also of the ILWU Canada Young workers committee. The group discussed the youth movement in the ILWU and their time at the ILWU Canada Convention.
We headed down to the Grant’s Law Sit-in put on by the BCFED Young Workers Committee, to commemorate the tragic death of Grant DePatie in 2005, who was killed when attempting to stop the theft of $12.30 in gas at an Esso station in Maple Ridge. Since Grant’s death, the Liberal government broke their promise to improve safety for late night workers. We were joined by Carlos Carvalho, Sussanne Skidmore, and Caitlin Davidson King.
Part 2 Brian Skiffington and Zack Pattin from ILWU 23 Tacoma help us out at the Activate Now! Northwest TPP Summit, a collection of activists form all of the the Pacific Northwest west sharing strategies to fight the TPP. We start with Lynne Dodson secretary treasurer of Washington State Labor Council and Gillian Lacascio Director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition. Then Zack hijacks the show with a group of activists Michelle Heckler, Ronna Loerch, Peggy Bruton and Joanna Schoettler.
Part 1 Brian Skiffington and Zack Pattin from ILWU 23 Tacoma help us out at the Activate Now! Northwest TPP Summit, a collection of activists form all of the the Pacific Northwest west sharing strategies to fight the TPP. First is Joe Levebre form ILWU 23 Tacoma, then Kristien Beifus from UFCW 21 and retired USW 12-591 President Steve Garey.
We finally get some ILA representation from eastern Canada. Brother Albert Batten, President of ILA 1657 joins us.
Super excited to have brother Paddy Crumlin of the MUA and ITF return to the show. Paddy talks, you listen.
After just missing each other in Australia we finally got a chance to take with Assistant National Secretary of the MUA Warren Smith. Then returning to the the show to update us on things in New Zealand is "Big" Joe Fleetwood from the Maritime Union of New Zealand.
Bobby Olvera Jr president of local 13 joins us to offer his insight on automation and union structure in California. Then ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe joins us to talk about the contract battles he's dealt with during his time with the ILWU.
First we talk with GWU President Gerry Gault about the grain handlers coming home to the ILWU to become local 333. Then we speak with ILWU 400 VP Jason Woods about free trade and the struggles in the tugboat industry.
We all made it home and took a week to process everything. Dan, Steph, Dani and Tim all sit down and discuss our experience at the Maritime Union of Australia's conference.
Steph digs up a new guest, sort of, she got Steve Todd of RMT to return to the show. Dean Summers must of had fun cause he crashed the party and sat in as well. After updating us on all things RMT Steve refers us to Mick Cash RMT General Secretary to give us a update on the situation in London and the strikes on the Tubes. We finish this one with Dean McGrath ILWU 23 and Adrian Adrian Evans from WA Branch, taking about the sister relationship between each parties.
Will Tracy gives Dan a update on the struggles with Chevron and MUA fighting for workers in oil and gas. Then we are joined by two MUA vets, Gary Smith and Fred Krausert. We finish this one with Michael Cross Branch Committee offshore rep in NSW branch.
We were lucky to get a few minutes with Zac Kinzett and Warren Hopkins. Two of the five aussie seafarers chased off their ship and robbed of there jobs and livelihoods, only to be replaced by $2 a day foreign labour.
Kenneth Riley ILA 1422 President gives The Docker our first interview with anyone from the ILA. Ken briefly talks about the recent job action on the east coast of the U.S. and teaches us about the "Charleston 5"
First we catch up with our old friend Jason Miners , Deputy State Secretary of the MUA Queensland branch. Next up is Joe McDonald, and MUA seafarer and we talk abut his involvement in the Sydney Branch Activist Committee. Then we wrap it up with Nick Pedler and retuning guest Matt Burnell.
Dan gets a few minutes with Danny Cain, Phil Swanston, and George Gakis from WA branch Youth movement.
We talked with Jamie Newlyn of the MUA about the early days of the MUA youth moment, then Dean Summers joins us to talk about his work with the ITF and swimming the English Channel.
Karen Wheatland aka Kaz and Sue Virago, two key parts of the MUA's women movement sit down and talk about the great strides women have taken in maritime industries, as well as the work that we all still have to do.
First few conversations from the Maritime Union of Australia's Quadrennial conference . We talk about Indian seafarers with Abdualgani Serang of the National Union of Indian Seafarers, then Torban Seebold tells us about the work the ITF is doing in Myanmar. We finish off with Thomas Mayor of the MUA discussing the similarities between Australian aboriginal people and Canada's first nations.
At ILWU Local 502 we celebrate family day with a Johnny Canuck memorial BBQ. We have a good chat with Brian Skiffington and Zack Pattin form Local 23 in Tacoma. They give us a update on how the young workers movement is starting to take shape down there. Then we have a couple quick conversations with Mark Vellios and John Collins JR. They share some old Johnny Canuck stories and JR tells us the origin story of our Family day BBQ.